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Reflections on technology changes in real estate practice

Facilitating transfers of real estate has been the bread-and-butter of thousands of Ontario lawyers for generations. Despite occasional market wobbles, real estate business has helped firms to flourish in communities of all sizes, often supporting the delivery of family, estates, commercial and even criminal law services. Healthy real estate practices support both lawyers’ own families… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Areas of Law, Articles, Clerical / Delegation, Communications Errors, Cyber dangers, Features, Inadequate Investigation, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Real Estate, Time Management, Topics

Commercial title insurance: What you need to know

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A discussion regarding title insurance (or any insurance for that matter) requires the understanding that it is insurance. It does not fix problems, it underwrites risks. As lawyers, it is incumbent upon us to be able to convey this clearly to our clients, whether lenders or more likely borrowers/purchasers. In the days of yore, the… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Insurance Business, Real Estate, Title insurance

“I will be out of the office…forever” and I don’t want to deal with claims

Are you thinking of changing careers or law firms, selling the practice, or retiring? As other articles in this issue have highlighted, even after you retire, malpractice claims can engage your LawPRO E&O run-off coverage. Real estate lawyers should consider TitlePLUS title insurance since claims covered under the Legal Service Coverage¹ in a TitlePLUS policy… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Real Estate, Title insurance, TitlePLUS

Real Estate Malpractice Claims Fact Sheet

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As the price of real estate in Ontario has steadily risen, so has the dollar value of real estate claims, making it the costliest area of law for LAWPRO. Breakdown in lawyer/client communication is the most common cause of real estate claims. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations where the lawyer is not taking… Read More »

Categories: Factsheets, Real Estate

The future of law: Why the real estate lawyer is the quarterback of the real estate deal

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On June 22, 2016, surrounded by family and colleagues, Kathleen Waters was honoured with the 2016 Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Real Estate. Her remarks included comments on the lawyer as quarterback and advice on moving successfully into the digital future. “I’m a passionate believer in the role of the lawyer as defender… Read More »

Categories: 2017 February Neuroscience, Future of law, Insurance Business, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Real Estate

Planning to do real estate work? A primer on title insurance and the TitlePLUS program

If you’re planning to do any real estate work when you go into practice, you’ll soon hear about a resource used by many real estate practitioners – title insurance. It’s a type of insurance coverage that lawyers across Canada are telling their clients about to help protect them against some typical problems that might crop… Read More »

Categories: 2017 Student Issue No 5, Articles, Real Estate, TitlePLUS

Is your purchaser client entitled to an HST New Housing Rebate?

Canada’s HST New Housing Rebate program, created under s. 254 of the Excise Tax Act, offers significant economic relief to qualifying purchasers of qualifying properties. However, the eligibility criteria are complicated, and have been strictly applied by courts. To avoid claims based on a client’s non-receipt of the rebate (or on having had it clawed… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Real Estate

LAWPRO defends its insureds in 2015


When identifying cases that merit a formal defence (or appeal), LAWPRO counsel consider a range of strategic factors, including whether the case has the potential to alter the standard of care applicable to professional legal services. This article summarizes a sampling of those claims in defence of which we went to court in 2015. Family… Read More »

Categories: 2016 May - Year in Review 2015, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Family, Real Estate, Year in Review
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